“I'm a huge geek for ghost stories. I'm morbidly obsessed with the dead, unfinished business and hauntings. I believe people can be left behind if something is profound enough in their soul to prevent them from being at peace.
This was a book of a woman who can communicate with those unable to cross over. Unfortunately, it is book 3 of a series. I didn't know that so it's the first I read.
I loved it. I would have given it 5 stars ... except I am so mad at the ending!!!!! ”
“Okay I do love this series by Karen White and her writing is just wonderful, her descriptions of the houses, Charleston, especially the people in this book are just great.
The ghost story is once again scary and an excellent mystery!
The only problem I have with this book, is the same problem I had with the two books preceding this one in the series, the main character, Melanie, is to much of a milk toast. She describes herself constantly as a strong willed, independent, successful businesswoman, but she is instead used pretty much by everyone around her as a doormat!
There were alot of things that upset me about her behavior in the book this time, her having Nola pretty much dumped on her doorstep, her continuing problems with Jack and not being able to stand up and tell him her true feelings, BUT the thing that most upset me was when her best friend insisted that instead of presents for her 40th birthday, guests to a party she didn't want in the first place made donations to the historical preservation fund! Really?? This is especially upsetting to me because the above mentioned friend has a present giving occasion in the book and she could have made her guests give the donations instead of gifts, but why insist her best friends has to do it and not get gifts. Sorry, I know it's a rant, but hey, I love gifts!
Otherwise as I said I LOVE the series and I am anxiously awaiting the next book!”
“Great! I missed the 2nd one in the series, so will read that one out of order. Really liked this one and The House on Tradd Street (1st in the series)”Jan K wrote this review Monday, February 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Once again, I find these lovely Southern cozy supernatural/mysteries ruined by the complete push-over-ness of the heroine. I'm think the author was trying to make her adorably flawed but instead, I keep wondering if perhaps she might be slightly disturbed. C'mon readers, she is supposed to be such a great business woman and organized realtor but she absolutely can not say 'No." No to inviting her on-and-off again boyfriend's daughter to live with her because he is "stressed" by the whole situation. No to going out to dinner with the obviously scheming man because she is too polite to say no. No to having her mother throw her a 40th birthday party AND buy her a dress to wear? No to having her friend as her house contractor - the woman who, if I was writing this, would be under investigation for mis-use of funds. No to anything that some else doesn't want to do. Her new incompetent secretary? Fire her! The obnoxious boss whom she speaks to in a "fawning" tone of voice? (FYI - that's a real quote.) Ditch him and start your own business.
Please Karen White, have someone edit your writing. Right now, the heroine is nothing more than a collection of insecure tics and it's making me very annoyed. Annoyed readers stop reading.”
“Starting 1/13....an awesome read so far. A new character Nola appears as Jacks long lost teenage daughter. This makes for a very interesting plot as the characters all have to deal with her as she is sullen and grieving over her mothers death. In order to get to know her better, her grandparents give her a turn of the century Victorian dollhouse which has a family of dolls living in it. ”Theresa the Goddess wrote this review Wednesday, February 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A fun exciting thriller with a really high creepy factor. Great afternoon read.”Hazysaffron wrote this review Sunday, November 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I enjoyed this book, and I wish I had known it was a series before starting it. I think i would have enjoyed the lead up chapters to this edition. ”Tamera wrote this review Monday, October 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked this third in the series of books about the southern haunted houses and still find charm in the stories Karen White tells.
Melanie Middleton is dealing with multiple things, as she always is, and usually that's how she likes it. Except now the things on her plate are more personal than she likes, particularly in being forced to face her feelings for Jack Trenholme.
When Jack suddenly discovers he has a teenage daughter who shows up after the death of her mother, he asks Melanie to take her in so they can try to build a relationship without killing each other. Not being a parent, Melanie isn't quite sure what to make of Nola, who's got teenage angst aplenty going on.
Then there's the old house Melanie has inherited and is restoring to the pain and suffering of her bank account.
Finally, there's yet another mystery that suddenly rears it's head with respect to yet another apparently haunted old home in the city, where Melanie's ability to see and speak to ghosts drags her into another drama she could do without.
This is a series where you know just what to expect, and generally what will be in the story and how things will play out. The mysteries are tame, and it's more the characters and the charm of the south that make these stories enjoyable. I do enjoy the southern aspect and the ghosts, but this time around, I found Melanie's inability to deal with her own issues a bit annoying. By now she should be past at least SOME of the issues, since we've been watching her get used to her new life for three books now.
It did seem as thought she started to move forward by the end of this book, so I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the next installment, particularly given how this one ended with a whole lot of loose ends [that's all I'll say to avoid spoilers]. I am looking for some big changes and some resolution in the next book, so we shall see where Melanie's story goes next.”
“Love this series of Karen White because the characters are so engaging. A great mystery with enough scary supernatural phenomenon to keep you on the edge of your seat. ”Ann S. wrote this review Saturday, June 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No